12 Bollywood Stars Who Were Initially Rejected For Their Looks


Bollywood is a very mean place. Even if you possess magnificent acting skills, you won’t receive an opportunity to act straight away if you do not have good looks. On the other side, even if you do not know about acting, you can still work in a movie with dashing looks. This ideology is persistent even today as many talented artists do not get a job just because of their looks.

However, some of them take the rejection as a stepping stone. Here are the 12 Bollywood celebrities who once faced rejection due to bad looks.


The Bollywood casting directors believed that she is too ‘tomboyish’ a girl to play the role of a heroine in Hindi films.


Irrfan Khan

Late Irrfan Khan earlier faced many rejections because of his looks. However, his skills and mastery took him all the way to Hollywood.

Arjun Kapoor

Before shedding the extra kilos, Arjun Kapoor had zero chance to become the Bollywood celebrity that he is today.


South Indian Superstar, Dhanush was roasted and even rejected for his looks. Still, he did not give up and fulfilled his dreams.

Konkona Sen Sharma

The reason why Konkona Sen Sharma worked in many offbeat films was that the directors did not cast her for her gloomy looks.

Shah Rukh Khan

His chocolaty looks did not help Shah Rukh Khan earn big projects before he became a big name in the industry.

Ranveer Singh

The fans who have seen the childhood photos of Ranveer Singh would clearly understand the reason why directors rejected him on the basis of looks.

Nawazuddin Siddique

Like Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique never received opportunities to work as a mainstream hero. Still, he worked hard and is a successful actor today.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif faced rejections because of her foreigner looks and non-Hindi ascent. However, she overcame all the odds.

Anushka Sharma

Wife of the Indian Cricket Team’s skipper, Anushka Sharma faced rejections earlier in her career because many casting directors felt she had very plain looks.

Amitabh Bachchan

Believe it or not! The directors did not accept Amitabh Bachchan as their hero for two reasons. Number one was his deep voice and the second his tall height.

Ajay Devgn

One of the most handsome actors in the B-Town right now, Ajay Devgn had to play characters against his skills. However, he did that roles and slowly became a big name in the film industry.